New ISD 192 COVID-19 Protocols

New ISD 192 COVID-19 Protocols
Posted on 01/24/2022
Tiger Paw

Hello ISD 192 Families:

In accordance with the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health, Farmington Area Public Schools, ISD 192, is adopting new protocols to shorten isolation and quarantine periods. The shorter timelines for learners will go into effect Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Learners currently in isolation or quarantine may return to school five days sooner than their originally communicated return date, provided they meet all other criteria. 

Families and their learners can refer to this visual flowchart for isolation and quarantine to see the timelines to follow if they are positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 like symptoms, or are exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 in their household. 

Below is a more detailed summary of the updated isolation and quarantine protocols for learners. This detailed information is also posted on our COVID-19 webpage.

Isolation Requirements (5 Days)
Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home. (ref: CDC)

  • Learners who test positive for COVID-19 and/or have COVID-19 like symptoms as described in the MDH Decision Tree are required to isolate for 5 days. 
  • If they are without symptoms or their symptoms are resolving (which means the student is without a fever for 24 hours without the use of medication and feels well) they may return to school after 5 days of isolation, but must wear a well-fitting facemask (face covering) to minimize the risk of infecting others for the next 5 days while at school, no matter the district’s mitigation status. 
  • Learners may return to school prior to 5 full days of isolation with a negative COVID-19 test or alternative diagnosis from a health care provider if they are symptom free or their symptoms are resolving (which means the student is without a fever for 24 hours without the use of medication and feels well).

RESOURCES: Isolation Flowchart for Learners 

Quarantine Requirements (5 Days)
Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. (ref: CDC)

  • Learners who are exposed to someone in their household infected with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 like symptoms and are unvaccinated are required to quarantine for 5 full days and must wear a well-fitting facemask (face covering) for an additional 5 days while back at school.
  • Learners who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are not required to quarantine if they are symptom free
  • ISD 192 is not requiring quarantine due to exposure in a school setting; however, as families learn of an exposure in an ISD 192 setting they should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 

RESOURCES: Quarantine Flowchart for Learners 

If you have any questions about isolation, quarantine, or when your student can return to school after isolating or quarantining, please contact your school nurse.